Vita

Vita

[vahy-tuh, vee-; Lat. wee-tah]
Sackville-West, Vita (Victoria Mary Sackville-West), 1892-1962, English writer; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson and granddaughter of the 2d Baron Sackville. Both she and Nicolson were members of the Bloomsbury group. Her poems in The Land (1926), Selected Poems (1941), and The Garden (1946) won praise, but she is better known for her novels, The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). Among her other works are Knole and the Sackvilles (1922), about her family's past, and her charming fictional portrait of her grandmother, Pepita (1937). All Sackville-West's books reveal her wit, her vocation as a poet, and her aristocratic heritage.

See Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by her son Nigel Nicolson; studies by S. R. Watson (1972) and M. Stevens (1974).

City (pop., 2002 est.: 299,400), eastern Brazil. Located on the western side of Vitória island in Espírito Santo Bay, it was founded by the Portuguese in 1535 and was made a provincial capital in 1823. It was Brazil's leading port for exporting iron ore until the 1960s. Its economy is based now on textile factories, sugar refineries, and other small manufacturing plants as well as on the shipment of coffee.

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orig. Victoria Mary Sackville-West

(born March 9, 1892, Knole, Kent, Eng.—died June 2, 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent) British novelist and poet. The daughter of a baron, she married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson (1886–1968) in 1913; her journal was the basis of Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by their son Nigel, which described a happy marriage in which both partners were principally homosexual. Her gift for evoking the beauty of the Kentish countryside was evident in her long poem The Land (1926). Her best-known novels are The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). She also wrote biographies and gardening books. She was the inspiration for the h1 character in her friend Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.

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orig. Victoria Mary Sackville-West

(born March 9, 1892, Knole, Kent, Eng.—died June 2, 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent) British novelist and poet. The daughter of a baron, she married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson (1886–1968) in 1913; her journal was the basis of Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by their son Nigel, which described a happy marriage in which both partners were principally homosexual. Her gift for evoking the beauty of the Kentish countryside was evident in her long poem The Land (1926). Her best-known novels are The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). She also wrote biographies and gardening books. She was the inspiration for the h1 character in her friend Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.

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